Bridge name recognises engineer’s service

Bob Cooper beside the new bridge on Imlay Road.

Bob Cooper beside the new bridge on Imlay Road.

RECENTLY retired forest engineer Bob Cooper, of Eden, has had his 42 years of public service recognised with a new $700,000 dual lane concrete bridge over Bondi Creek officially named Coopers Crossing in his honour. 

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s operations manager Marty Linehan said the new bridge at the top end of Imlay Road was constructed to improve road safety for log haulage and to facilitate the transport of oversize wind-farm components from the wharf on Twofold Bay to the Boco Rock Windfarm near Nimmitabel. 

“Bob Cooper recently retired from Forestry Corporation after 42 years working in the engineering section, during which he took a leading role in the design and 

construction of forest roads, fire towers and bridges across the State,” Mr Linehan said. 

“The causeway over Bondi Creek has been named Coopers Crossing in recognition of the role he played in the construction and maintenance of Imlay Road over more than four decades. 

“Bob was instrumental in surveying and supervising key elements of the bridge’s construction and a morning tea was held beside the new bridge to unveil the new name, while two trucks loaded with propeller bladesdestined for the wind-farm made their way over the bridge on their way to Nimmitabel. 

“The new bridge replaced a causeway over Bondi Creek, which was built in 1950 as a temporary crossing. 

“Some loads of the wind-farm materials exceed 60 metres and others weigh over 100 tonnes. 

Coupled with an increase in log truck traffic in recent years, the 64 year-old causeway was in need of an upgrade and has been replaced with a new concrete bridge.” 

“Imlay Road was built by the old Forestry Commission in the 1970s, and continues to be owned and managed by Forestry Corporation. 

“The timber industry pays a levy to help maintain the road, which is also a key route used by locals and visitors to the region. 

“The Downer Group is transporting windfarm components along Imlay Road and contributed a significant proportion of the cost of Coopers Crossing,” Mr Linehan said.

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